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Although tattoos were shunned upon by Hollywood for years, the industry is opening up a bit. There are plenty of actors who've gotten tattooed and for several of them, they commemorated a film or television role with a tiny (or in select cases, huge) tattoo. In most instances, actors got small, easily hidden tattoos after or sometime during filming. But for one eccentric entertainer, they got a full chest piece for a single movie role. Take a peek at 40+ actors who got tattooed for movies and television shows in the gallery below, then let us know your thoughts on this story in the comments section on social media.

Shia Labeouf

It was recently revealed that Shia Labeouf tattooed his entire chest for a new movie called "The Tax Collector." Now that's a new level of dedication.

Pete Davidson

Davidson allowed friend and costar Machine Gun Kelly to practice tattooing, by accepting his character's name from "Big Time Adolescence" on his leg.


Lady Gaga

In honor of his role in the Academy Award winning film, "A Star is Born," Gaga got a back piece by Los Angeles artist Winterstone.

Sophie Turner

Sophie Turner has several tattoos for her film and television roles, including a flame on her finger for her X-Men character "Dark Phoenix," and the Stark Family crest on her forearm for "Game of Thrones."

Tattoo via Winterstone

Tattoo via Winterstone

Emilia Clarke

Like her costar Sophie Turner, Emilia Clarke got a tattoo in honor of her character Daenerys Targaryen, also known as the Mother of Dragons.

Tattoo via Dr. Woo

Tattoo via Dr. Woo

The Avengers

In 2018, "The Avengers" cast members Robert Downey Jr (Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Chris Evans (Captain America), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) and Scarlett Johannson (Black Widow) got matching tattoos by Josh Lord.


Neil Patrick Harris

In honor of Netflix's "A Series of Unfortunate Events," Neil Patrick Harris got a tattoo of his character Count Olaf's ink.


The Pretty Little Liars Cast

After filming for the television series "Pretty Little Liars" wrapped, cast members Shay Mitchell (Emily), Troian Bellisario (Spencer), Lucy Hale (Aria), Janel Parrish (Mona), Ashley Benson (Hanna) and Sasha Pieterse (Alison) got matching finger tattoos of their character's first initial.


Aaron Paul

After "Breaking Bad" concluded, actor Aaron Paul got the phrase "No Half Measures" to represent a scene from season 3 episode 12.


Bryan Cranston

Bryan Cranston also got a tattoo for "Breaking Bad," opting for the show's logo on the inside of his finger.

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The LOTR Cast

Long before matching tattoos were a major trend in Hollywood, "The Lord of the Rings" cast including Orlando Bloom (Legolas), Viggo Mortenson (Aragorn), Ian McKellen (Gandalf), Elijah Wood (Frodo), Dominic Monaghan (Merry), Billy Boyd (Pippin), Sean Astin (Samwise) and Sean Bean (Boromir) got the word "nine" tattooed in elvish on their bodies. John Rhys-Davies (Gimli) didn't get tattoo, sending his stunt double instead.


Tom Holland

In 2017 Tom Holland got a spider tattooed on the bottom of his foot after filming "Spider-Man: Homecoming."


The 13 Reasons Why Cast

Executive producer Selena Gomez and cast members Tommy Dorfman and Alisha Boe got semicolon tattoos to bring awareness to suicide prevention.


Maisie Williams

Another GOT cast member, Maisie Williams got the tattoo "No One" for her character Arya Stark by Mr. K.

Tattoo via Mr. K

Tattoo via Mr. K

The Suicide Squad Cast

In 2016, "Suicide Squad" cast members Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Cara Delevingne (Enchantress), Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang), Joel Kinnamon (Rick Flagg) and director David Ayers tattooed the word "SKWAD" on each other.


The Mad Max: Fury Road Cast

The wives of "Mad Max: Fury Road," Abbey Lee Kershaw (The Dag), Zoë Kravitz (Toast the Knowing), Courtney Easton (Cheedo the Fragile), Rosie Huntington-Whitely (The Splendid Angharad) and Riley Keough (Capable) got matching triangle dot tattoos after filming wrapped.